Buying a Used Jayco

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People buy used RVs for all kinds of reasons. Some just want to save money. Others hold a fundamental belief in "reuse" as part of the environmental reduce-reuse-recycle philosophy. If you fall into the latter camp, you might be interested in checking out a used Jayco pop-up camper, travel trailer or motorhome. Jayco sets high standards for environmentalism, which means they share your enthusiasm for reducing waste. Beyond that, Jayco makes very high-quality RVs, so when you buy a used Jayco motor home, travel trailer or tent trailer, you get a solid product that will provide you with years of enjoyment. Nonetheless, the process of buying used can be daunting for even the most seasoned recycler. Our guide to buying a used RV will help demystify the experience for you.

When buying a used Jayco, remember that your local dealer is your best friend. Not only does your local dealer offer used RVs at reasonable prices, but the experts at the dealership have gone over every RV with a finetooth comb, which gives you a hedge against hidden defects. Use the search feature on our main page to locate the used Jayco RV dealer nearest you or to request information. Used Jayco prices vary based on model, mileage and condition.

There are many good reasons to buy a pre-owned Jayco RV. Buying used allows you to test-drive the RV lifestyle without making a huge financial investment. Also, since Jayco is such a widely known and well-distributed brand, you won't have trouble finding many used Jayco models to choose from within your local area.

Buying a used RV is much too complicated to thoroughly cover in a brief buying guide like this, and much of what you need to inspect depends on the type of RV you decide to buy. Generally speaking, rely on your local RV dealer to perform the critical system tests, while you concentrate on the easy-to-see items. At a minimum, your RV dealer will test and inspect all of these components on every used RV they offer:

* Engine and drive train (on motorized RVs)
* Brakes, axles and stabilizing jacks
* Water lines, tanks and valves
* Propane system
* Electrical components, such as inverter and battery charger
* Furnace and air conditioner
* Frame and subfloor
* Lift mechanisms (on tent trailers)

So what should you inspect yourself? Let's start with motorhomes and travel trailers. Begin with the interior. Look for excessive caulking around windows, which may indicate water leakage. Check the upholstery, flooring and window coverings for rips, tears or repairs. Check out the appliances to make sure they're in good working order.

If you're considering a used Jayco tent trailer, it's imperative to closely inspect the canvas. Don't look only for obvious rips or holes. Look for slightly discolored areas, which could indicate the canvas was folded up while still wet. Also check closely for mold on the canvas. Be sure to set up and fold down the trailer yourself more than once. Do the lift mechanisms operate smoothly? If the camper uses manual lifts (as opposed to electric), would another family member be able to fold the camper down in case of an emergency?

If you think a used Jayco toy hauler is more your style, be sure to raise and lower the loading ramp several times to make sure it's in good working order. Also inspect the garage floor for signs of abuse, and be sure to fold down the cargo area and beds and climb onto them to make sure they're still solid.

The next thing you should do is take the RV for a test drive. You can point out any mechanical issues to your sales person, who can get them resolved. Lastly, don't forget to request an overnight stay in your used Jayco motorhome, fifth wheel, travel trailer or pop-up camper before making your purchase decision. This will give you an opportunity to test out all the systems and get a feel for how livable the RV really is.

Buying a used Jayco can be a rewarding experience. If you're ready to buy a used Jayco fifth wheel, travel trailer, motorhome or tent camper, click on "Jayco RVs" right now, and we'll direct a quote request or a request for information to a Jayco dealer near you.